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  • Moodle – Starting the Year
    August 2011
    Drew Mortensen
  • Moodle Upgrades
    Version: 2.1+
    Course Formats:
    Tabs (onetopic)
    Collapsed Weeks
    Collapsed Topics
    Activity: Questionnaire
    Resource: Book
  • School Year {TechDirector} Pre-Flight Checklist
    • Appoint Coach/Teacher Site-Administratorsusers > permissions > site administrators
    • Student/Staff Account Creation
    • LDAP
    • CSV
    • Other
    • SMTP Information InsertedPlugins > Message Outputs > Email
    • Approve Course Creation Requests
    Encourage Coach/Teacher Admin to Approve
    Remove “Request a Course” Block Before School Starts
    • Settings Check
    Run through every page of settings to verify proper setup (approx 1 hr)
  • School Year {Teacher} Pre-Flight Checklist
    • Course(s) Created
    • Students Enrolled
    • Syllabus Posted(Resource: File)
    • “Getting to Know You” Activity Created (Activity: Questionnaire or Forum)
    • Textbook Link Published (Resource: URL)
    • 1st Graded Assignment Created (Activity: Assignment)
    • Calendar Created
    • Layout Determined
    • Tabs, Topics, Weeks, Social
    • Units, Themes, Etc..
    • Clear Organization
    • Unit 1 Activity Mapped Out
    • Future Moodle Trainings
    • Path to Assistance
  • Scale the Pyramid! Don’t
    stay on the first three steps
    (get it, steps, because it is a
    pyramid.)
  • Course Creation Request
    Link on Main Page (To Be Removed Before School Starts)
    http://yoursite/course/request.php
  • Enrolling Users in a Course
    • It is preferable to have your students enrolled prior to the first day.
    • Teachers must manually enroll students.
    • Mid-year-new-student: District dependent process.
  • Uploading Your Syllabus
    Pros/Cons to: Word, PDF,
    Moodle Page, Google Doc
  • Student Work: What is the Point?
    How will the information provided by the students be used?
    Who will be using the information provided?
    What is the value of the information provided?
    How will the information guide my teaching?
    Choose the Activity/Resource based on the goal!
  • Getting to Know You(Questionnaire)
    Anonymous or Identifiable? Public or Private Results?
    What is the point of the activity?
  • All About You… (Forum)
    Do you need to make it an assignment? How does this compare to a questionnaire? How will the posts be used? Where does this fall on Bloom’s taxonomy?
  • Make a Graded Assignment
    In the first week, have your students complete an assignment. Perhaps you use it as a diagnostic tool, or maybe you do it just to get them exposed to the process.
  • Set the Due Date
    At the beginning of the year
    you may need to make the point
    that the due date is firm.
  • Calendar
    Add a Block > Upcoming Events
    Add a Block > Calendar
    (use one or the other)
    • Keep the Calendar Current
    • Refer Students to the Calendar
    • Embed Pictures / Videos in Events
    • Create Reminders for Important
    Events or Assignments.
  • Course Formats
    Tabs, Topics, Social, Weeks, Collapsed
    -- To Each Their Own
    Avoid the Scroll of Death: A long Moodle course page with a lot of items.
  • Organize
    • Use Labels
    • Indent
    • Use Uniquely Descriptive Activity Names
  • Plan Ahead
    • Professional Development
    • Higher Level Skill Activities
    • Community Connections and Assistance